Communication Salon / American Corner Sapporo

Communication Salon

Address: 3F, Sapporo MN Bldg., Kita 1 Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo (across the street from the Sapporo Clock Tower)
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mon. through Fri.
(closed on Sat., Sun. and national holidays)
Phone: (011)211-3678

The Communication Salon is a space for Japanese citizens and foreign citizens casually get-together and interact. The Salon is free for use anytime during opening hours.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Communication Salon had been closed since February 26 (Wed), but operations resumed on July 1 (Wed). However, prolonged use or use as a conversation space will NOT be allowed, as they increase the risk of infection. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding.
*The Sapporo Help Desk for Foreign Residents will continue to accept consultations by email, phone, and in person.

Information Counter

English-speaking staff and foreign language volunteers provide information on tourism in Hokkaido, international exchange, and daily life.

This information counter also functions as a reception counter for the SAPPORO HELP DESK for Foreign Residents.

We provide/distribute:
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Information on tourism in Hokkaido (Map of Sapporo City, brochures of sightseeing spots near Sapporo, Halal food restaurant list etc.)
  • Living Information materials(Information on places where you can study Japanese, Disaster-related booklets)
  • Information on interpreters and translation companies in the city etc.
  • * We do not provide interpretation or translation services at the information counter
  • * The registration and renewal procedures at the information counter for the Youth Hostel Association ended in March of 2020.
    Those who wish to apply may contact the Hokkaido Youth Hostel Association (011-825-3389).

Message Board

This bulletin board is used for exchanging information on cross-cultural exchange.
For example, you can post messages such as wanting a partner for language exchange lessons, wanting to sell unused items, and so on.
(You can pick up a slip for posting here at the information counter.)

Information provision section

Brochure corner

We have set out various informational materials useful for foreign citizens, international students, and foreign tourists. We provide various pamphlets in foreign languages and distribute periodicals (free).

Book / Journal corner

You can browse international exchange materials, overseas books and more including magazines, newspapers (Japan Times, People's Daily etc.), sister city related books, study abroad/working holiday information, volunteer information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs information, and international cooperation materials (materials related to developing countries, NGOs, and NPOs).

Overseas news corner

You can see news such as BBC World and NHK World.

American Corner Sapporo

American Corner Sapporo has approximately 300 Japanese books on the United States, 10 English titles, about 50 DVDs, and about 60 CDs. They can be used freely in the salon.
※ We do not lend out these materials.

American Corner Sapporo is a partnership project between the Sapporo American Center in the U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo and SICPF. American Corners are established in about 400 locations around the world as a partnership project between the U.S. government's overseas diplomatic missions and their locations. Through information and materials such as publications, multimedia, and the Internet provided by overseas diplomatic establishments of the US government, local people provide opportunities to promote understanding of American history, culture and values. We also use these information and materials to conduct small discussion meetings, lecture meetings, film screenings, etc., and aim to strengthen the connection between local people and the United States.

Japanese Culture Experience Corner

You can have hands-on experiences with Japanese culture such as Origami, Kendama and Otedama (traditional bean bag toss game).

Ikebana of the Week (Floral Art Group)

The Floral Art Group is an organization spanning several schools of ikebana that spreads and promotes flower arrangement as one of Japan's cultures. (Participating schools: Ikenobo, Kadosensyoikenobo, Sogetsuryu, Shogetsudokoryu, and Teshigawarawafukai)

You can see their floral artworks on a weekly basis at the salon and view the flowers by season on this blog.